Reducing industrial waste can be a difficult task, with over a quarter of all waste generated in England coming from businesses, it is very important that businesses take steps in order to reduce the amount of industrial waste that they produce.
There are many reasons why you should both reduce the amount of waste your business produces and reduce the amount of waste you business sends to landfill. Firstly there is the financial cost. Many businesses are searching for ways to save money on waste disposal. Disposing of waste can get very expensive. At BKP we do not have a minimum weight charge at our facility in Romsey, Hampshire. We only charge you for the exact weight of the disposed waste. As such in some circumstances, waste reduction techniques can be money saving techniques.
Another reason why you should reduce the amount of waste your business produces and the amount of waste that your business sends to landfill is the environmental cost. Our environment is precious and it is important that we do everything possible to prevent or minimise any harmful effects that our activities may have on the environment.
How To Reduce Industrial Waste!
If you want to reduce industrial waste. Here are 8 suggestions on ways that you can reduce the amount of industrial waste that your business produces!
1. Measure Your Waste
If you don't know how much waste you are producing, how can you effectively reduce it? By measuring your waste your can share the results and challenge everyone in your business to reduce the amount of waste they produce. If you notice that you are producing a lot of a specific type of waste from a specific area of your business, you can take measures to reduce that specific type of waste from that specific area of your business.
2. Be A More Efficient Business
If for example, you are in the manufacturing industry. Review your manufacturing process. Try and discover a way you can use your raw materials in a more efficient manner. For example, check if you can utilise recycled materials within your business's manufacturing process.
3. Consider A Waste Exchange
For some industries, one business's waste can be another's resource. If you'd like to reduce your business's industrial waste, look at the waste that your business produces and discover if your waste can be utilised as a resource in another business's manufacturing process. By exchanging your waste in this manner instead of disposing of it, you are preventing your waste from becoming waste, which is the first step in the waste hierarchy.
4. Reduce The Amount Of Packaging
This can be done in two ways. Firstly, you can reduce the amount of packaging on the products that you produce. Secondly, compare the packaging of any products you purchase. Many products have reduced packaging when bought in bulk, so this can be a fantastic way of reducing the amount of waste you produce.
5. Think About Food Waste
Another waste reduction method regards food waste. Think about the food waste your employees produce in your workplace's 'breakout room' or wherever your employees eat their food. A fantastic way of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill is by recycling your food waste.
Food waste in landfill emits methane gas when it decomposes. Methane gas is a very powerful greenhouse gas. When people think about global warming, they think about carbon dioxide emissions but methane gas is roughly 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat trapping gas.
6. Cut Down On Bottled Water!
Many businesses produce waste in the form of plastic drinking bottles. As with all forms of waste, commercial or not, hazardous or not, it is important that we reduce all forms of waste as much as possible in order to protect our precious planet.
Tapwater.org wrote that “The UK consumes 18 billion plastic bottles each year" and because only approximately 25% of these 18 billion plastic bottles are recycled “this means 38 million plastic bottles end up in landfill every single day!"
Whilst recycling plastic bottles is very important for the environment, recycling isn't the first step on the waste hierarchy. There are three steps above recycling, prevention, minimisation and reuse.
By switching from bottled water to drinking glasses you can prevent plastic bottles from becoming waste, or at the least reduce the amount of waste plastic bottles that your business produces. Your business could also promote the use of reusable bottles within the workplace for drinks within the workplace.
7. Use Signs
If you have recycling systems in place but your employees aren't using them to their full potential. For example, if waste paper is being thrown into the general waste bin. Consider using signs to promote recycling in your business. Place signs telling people to recycle their waste.
You could go one step further and try reducing the amount of general waste bins in your workplace and place recycling bins in more beneficial locations. For example a paper recycling bin next to the printer or an aluminium recycling bin next to a drinks vending machine.
8. Hire A Professional Waste Management Business
A professional waste management business such as BKP will be able to provide you with a variety of waste management services designed to manage your waste in an effective and responsible manner that causes minimal disruption to your business.